On 2nd June, a tragic railway accident took place in Odisha that resulted in the loss of lives. Three trains, which included two passenger trains and one goods train, collided resulting in the death of more than 200 people. Following this mishap, several passengers were stranded at Bengaluru’s Byappanahalli Railway Station. Here’s an update on one of the deadliest train accidents in India.
Passengers Stranded At Byappanahalli Railway Station
In the wake of the train tragedy in Odisha, more than 1,500 passengers, many of whom are labourers, are stuck at the Byappanahalli Railway Station in this city. On Sunday, the labour department and the Bengaluru civic agency set up food, water, and mobile restrooms for the people stranded at the train station as a major crisis developed at Byappanahalli.
The government departments worked together to offer essential services, like food and water, to the stranded workers and passengers whose trains to Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, and other northeastern states have been cancelled. This was done on the orders of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Many social organisations came together to help the train station passengers.
An Update On The Odisha Train Accident
PM Shri @narendramodi visits the site of the train accident in Balasore, Orissa to take the stock of the situation and also those undergoing treatment for injuries. #TrainAccident #TrainAccidentInOdisha #TrainMishapInOdisha #Orissa #Balasore #BalasoreTrainAccident @PMOIndia… pic.twitter.com/3i3yCJc8ic
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) June 3, 2023
According to the initial reports, the collision claimed the lives of 288 individuals and injured more than 900 others; these figures would eventually rise. Later, the death toll was increased from 288 to 275. Due to its open expanses and proximity to the crash scene, a nearby high school was chosen as the last resting place for the bodies of the slain passengers. Due to burns or other injuries, it was more challenging to identify the bodies, therefore authorities tried to identify the passengers using their luggage, phones, and other possessions.
By the evening of June 3, officials from the state of Odisha reported that 1,175 individuals had been hospitalised as a result of the disaster; 793 of them had been discharged, and 382 were still receiving care. Despite being overburdened by the surge of injured persons, local hospitals made an effort to give patients the care they needed.
The investigation is still in progress.
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